Flip Ultra Won't Turn On

Updated February 21, 2017

Cisco makes Flip camcorders. The pocket-sized video cameras are designed to be plug and play. Users can record videos with their Flip Ultra, plug the device directly into their computer and immediately begin to transfer content to their hard disk or upload it to YouTube. There are a few reasons why the device may not power on. It is most likely a power issue that can be resolved in just a few steps.

Press and hold down the "Power" button on the Flip Ultra for 10 seconds. The power button is on the left side of the device. If you press and release the power button too soon, the video camera will not turn on.

Install the rechargeable battery pack. The rechargeable battery will need to be installed properly before you can use the camera. Slide the battery latch to unlock on the bottom of the Flip Ultra. Push the front panel, right underneath the camera lens down. Then insert the bottom end of the rechargeable battery pack into the battery bay first, then push the rest of the battery down into the bay. Replace the cover.

Recharge the Flip Ultra. To recharge, connect the Flip Ultra's built-in USB plug into the computer's USB port for about seven hours. You can also charge the device by plugging it into the power outlet using the Flip Video Power Adapter cable.

Remove the rechargeable battery back and replace it with two AA batteries. If the Flip Ultra powers on when new batteries are installed, you know the rechargeable battery is no good.

Reset the Flip Ultra camcorder. Insert a pin into the "Reset" hole on the bottom of the device. Hold the pin down in the hole for about five seconds. Remove the pin and hold down the power button for five seconds.

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